Pediatric Nurse Bloggers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Offer Helpful Tips to Parents through “RN Remedies”

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nurses are often asked by patient parents, family members, neighbors and friends to speak on diverse topics in pediatric health and safety. The Internet is filled with many opinions, personal comments, urban myths and general medical advice that are not authored by a licensed professional and may do more harm than good to a child.

(L-R) Jennifer Buchanan, RN, and Kelli Anderson, RN (Photo: Business Wire)

(L-R) Jennifer Buchanan, RN, and Kelli Anderson, RN (Photo: Business Wire)

Experienced pediatric nurses at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a dynamic education forum for parents and the online community by developing an innovative blogging program called RN Remedies.” Answers to tough questions asked by parents on clinical floors of our hospital, desperate emails to clinicians and mommy blogs looking for experts can now all be found on the worldwide web through the expertise of trusted health professionals for children: the pediatric nurses at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

“Our nurses are a diverse and extraordinary group who are continuously teaching, exploring and growing,” said Mary Dee Hacker, RN, MBA, vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. “Our pediatric nurse bloggers are taking our profession’s core commitment to education and combining it with the Internet’s remarkable power to reach families everywhere.”

Children’s Hospital has leveraged social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook, directing fans to the "RN Remedies" blog feature each Monday morning and has accumulated a steady core of followers, reaching over 4,000 hits each month. Readers are encouraged to email their questions and topic suggestions to our RN Remedies blog at wearechildrens.org/RN-REMEDIES, creating an intimate connection between the nurse bloggers and health information seekers.

“I was thrilled to learn about Children’s Hospital’s blogging nurses who share their expertise about children safety,” says Erika Yontz, a nanny, teacher and expectant mother. “As a professional who works with children and a mother-to-be, I feel much more confident getting my resources from an experienced nurse for kids. While located in South Carolina, the value of this blog could be life-saving across the country.”

Since its inception in November 2010, a core group of eight nurses have posted more than two dozen blog topics ranging from childhood obesity, flu symptoms, onset of puberty, teens and texting, car seat safety, doctor visit tips and symptoms to common childhood conditions. Through frequently asked questions and the help of a parent advisory board, the nurse bloggers base their posts on popular pediatric health content that is current, informative and emblematic of the care provided by experts at Children’s Hospital.

“We are excited to share our experiences and expertise to parents on a global level. The blog allows us to get information out to parents regarding children of all ages,” said Kelli Anderson, RN, one of the "RN Remedies" creators. “It’s a whole new world and I’m thrilled to be a part of making a difference in the community, one post at a time.”

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. In addition, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

For more information, visit www.CHLA.org. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, or visit our blog: www.WeAreCHLA.org.

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